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Chalfont St Giles is a village and civil parish within Chiltern districtmarker in south east Buckinghamshire, Englandmarker, on the edge of the Chilternsmarker, 25 miles from Londonmarker, and near Seer Greenmarker, Jordansmarker, Chalfont St Petermarker, Little Chalfontmarker and Amershammarker.

Chalfont means chalk spring, in reference to the water carrying capacities of the local terrain.

Chalfont St Giles Parish Church


History

There is a Norman church which dates from the 12th century with a fine example of a lychgate. There is also a duck pond, which receives its water from the River Misbournemarker.

In the Domesday Book in 1086 Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter are listed as separate Manors with different owners. They were separate holding before the Norman Conquest.

Like most other rural parishes it managed its civil affairs through the vestry until the Local Government Act 1894 required all parishes of over 300 people to have a Parish council independent of the Church.

Milton's Cottage
During the Great Plague of London in 1665, John Milton retired to Chalfont St Giles, which is where he completed his epic poem Paradise Lost. Milton's Cottagemarker is still in the village, and is open to the public. The inspiration for Paradise Regained is said to have been found in this parish from a conversation with a former pupil, Thomas Ellwood.

The birthplace of J.T. Hearne, one of the greatest bowlers of the 1890s and 1900s, who also died there in 1944.

The village is twinned with Graft-De Rijpmarker in the Netherlandsmarker.

Harry Golombek, British chess champion, major writer on chess and a wartime codebreaker at Bletchley Park, lived in the village after the war. The pop musician Brian Connolly lived in the village before his death. Brian Cant lives in the village.

The village has also given its name to Chalfont, Pennsylvaniamarker, which is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvaniamarker.

The local football team are the Chalfont Wasps, who were promoted to the Hellenic Football League Premier Division for the 2008/09 season.

Film and TV

Chalfont St Giles has been the location of several film and television programmes. It doubled as Walmington-on-Sea in the 1971 film version of Dad's Army. John Laurie, one of the main actors, lived in Chalfont St Peter. The Miller's Tale episode of the BBC Drama The Canterbury Tales was filmed in and around Chalfont St Giles as was an episode of the BBC sitcom As Time Goes By. It was the location for the filming of Episode 6 of Series 3 of Peep Show.

Rhyming Slang

Chalfonts is one of many variations of Cockney rhyming slang for piles, this is derived from Chalfont St Giles but, as is typical with Cockney rhyming slang, the part of the phrase which rhymes with the derivative is omitted. There is a Viz character named Nobby Piles (itself a euphemism) who uses a range of slang expressions when referring to his hemorrhoids including 'Ooh me chalfonts!'

References

  1. IMDB listing
  2. IMDB listing

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